Our History

The Boston chapter was created in 2004 by a talented Harvard University undergraduate, Patrick Holkins, following his internship in the HLAA national office in Bethesda, Maryland – an experience that prompted his decision to begin to manage his hearing loss more openly and actively.
Hear@Boston was born out of the need to create a hearing loss community for young adults in the Greater Boston area and to help people to live fully and with well being, despite the challenges of living with hearing loss. Originally made up of a small group of young people in their twenties and thirties, the chapter today includes a diverse and widened membership made up of people of all ages who have been touched in one way or another by the experience of living with hearing loss.   Our membership includes parents of children with hearing loss, teens and young adults, partners of persons with hearing loss, working people and retirees.